Turn Off the Flash Plugin in Google Chrome
If you use Google Chrome as a web browser you have probably noticed that the Adobe Flash plugin is contained within the app by default, even if you have uninstalled Flash on your Mac. This is good because the plugin is sandboxed, but some users may wish to disable the Flash Player plugin within Chrome anyway.
Managing the Adobe Flash Player plugin is the same on any platform running Chrome, whether it’s Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux, the example here is using Chrome on a Mac in OS X.
Disabling Adobe Flash Player plugin in Chrome is easy, here is how you do it in modern and older versions of the Chrome browser.
How to Turn Off Flash in Google Chrome
In the latest versions of Chrome, you can toggle Flash off and on with a dedicated Flash settings page:
- In Chrome, go to “chrome://settings/content/flash” in the URL bar and hit the return key
- Toggle the switch next to “Allow sites to run Flash” to the OFF position
Flash will now be disabled everywhere in Chrome.
Disabling Flash in Google Chrome
In prior versions of Chrome, you can toggle Flash within the broader Plugins settings:
- Open Chrome if you haven’t done so yet and enter “about:plugins” into the URL bar, then hit return
- Find “Flash” or “Adobe Flash Player” in the plug-ins list and click on “Disable” to instantly turn off the Flash plugin within Chrome
The change is immediate and will carry across to all active browser tabs and windows, so if Flash is running in one of them it will cease.
You don’t need to restart Chrome, Flash will be disabled from all future browsing sessions. Re-enabling the Flash plugin is obviously just a matter of going back to the about:plugins menu and choosing so.
Keep in mind the exact phrasing can vary and appearance can look slightly different depending on the version of Chrome you’re using and under what OS, as well as the version of the Adobe Flash plugin that is installed. Regardless, it can be disabled in all versions of Chrome this way.
By the way, you should keep Chrome updated to the latest version for best results… this includes the latest abilities to toggle flash off and on, and updating Chrome will also update the Flash plugin too.
A few alternatives to completely disabling or uninstalling Flash are to use a Flash Block plugin like ClickToFlash, the Click To Play plugin option in Chrome, or to use an ad blocker plugin since most of the annoying Flash comes in the form of advertising. My personal preference is to use Click To Play within the Chrome browser itself, this allows you to use Flash when it’s necessary for some websites, but it won’t run automatically without user input.
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